Police Duty Gear and Equipment

Police gun

1. Police Pistol - Lots of police officers nowadays choose to carry a Glock handgun as part of their police equipment attire, mainly because this specific brand of firearm is renown for its extreme reliability, accuracy, and weight. There are over 20 different varieties of Glock pistols, including the 9mm, 10mm, .40 cal, & .45 cal. While many police department's standard issue is a .40 caliber pistol, some law enforcement officials have several options when it comes to selecting their weapon of choice. Some of the more common pistols are the Glock 22, Smith & Wesson 45 CPs, Beretta 92, & the .357 Sigs.

Police shotgun
2. Police Shotgun - Pretty much every police vehicle comes equipped with a standard 12 gauge shotgun, which is primarily used for close combat against heavily armed criminals. Police officers typically use buckshot cartridges, which is useful for close-range combat and carry slugs (on their equipment belt), which is generally used for distances greater than 20 yards. Certain police departments may issue a type of shotgun that fires bean bags, which are considered to be less-lethal and used when deadly force isn't a necessary option.

3. Police Handcuffs - These are probably the most utilized item of all the police equipment and are great for subduing uncooperative and dangerous criminals. Police handcuffs are also great for preventing additional injuries to criminals and bystanders, as well as the presiding law enforcement officials. Most handcuffs are made of steel, making them very durable and are near impossible to have the locks picked by desperate perpetrators. Most police officers carry 2-3 pairs on their gear belts so they can apprehend multiple suspects when they are without backup, which isn't very often unless they are patrolling unpopulated or rural areas.

Bulletproof Vest
4. Police Bulletproof Vest - Probably one of the most important (if not the most important) piece of police equipment an officer will ever use is his bulletproof vest. Most police officers use soft bulletproof vests (which are less noticeable) as part of their standard police equipment. This type of armor can protect against most calibers of pistols, shotguns, some rifle rounds, knives, arrows, & small explosions, although it still does not prevent any blunt force trauma which ensues after being struck by a bullet traveling at over 1,700 mph (2,500 feet per second).

Police taser
5. Police Tazer Gun - The police stun gun or tazer is one of the newer pieces of police equipment that is starting to be used more frequently. The nice thing about tazer guns is that they are effective at neutralizing a suspect while causing little to no harm at all. A typical police tazer can travel approximately 15-25 feet and penetrate through most articles of clothing while still inflicting 50,000 volts, which is more than enough to temporarily leave the victim incapacitated so the law enforcement officer can make an arrest. The drawback to using the tazer is that you only get one shot and sometimes the device can malfunction.

Police baton
6. Police Baton - The police baton is one of the oldest pieces of police equipment that is still widely used in most civilized countries. Officers mainly use their batons to control and disperse non-compliant suspects, particularly in large crowds which can arise after popular sportings events (World Cup finals, the Superbowl, baseball & basketball finals). Police batons are also effective for defending oneself against aggressive individuals who appear to be unarmed, as well as breaking down doors and windows to help trapped victims where danger is imminent.

Police flashlight
7. Police Flashlight - While there generally isn't a mandatory flashlight that police officers must use, most carry at least one with them at all times. Some choose to use the big stinger-type flashlights which are rather large and heavy (good for self-defense), while others prefer the smaller but mighty Surefire or Fenix flashlights, which can still put out a radiant 500+ lumens, enough to light up a street of 1,000 feet. The smaller flashlights can also can be mounted to their pistols and become quite useful during night pursuits.

Police knife
8. Police Knife - Most police officers rarely use knives and some police departments don't even allow officers to use them due to the risk factors of having it fall into the hands of a criminal. However, there are lots of police officers who do carry knives with them because they can be quite useful when it comes to rescuing stranded victims of automobile accidents. Other police officers prefer to carry the leatherman-type knives which offer a more complete set of tools.

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